The deadly race to the South Pole

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  • Published on:  Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Two exploration teams raced to the South Pole. Only one made it out alive. Correction: A previous version of this video used an outdated British flag. The error has been corrected. We also occasionally referred to the British team as English. In fact, some members of Scott's team were Scottish and Welsh.Help us make our channel more ambitious by joining the Vox Video Lab. Becoming a member brings you closer to our work and gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with your favorite Vox creators. Learn more at to our channel! Falcon Scott was a British explorer who dreamed of being the first person to reach the South Pole. In 1912, he reached the Pole only to learn that his Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, had beat him to it. Caught by freakish weather and a string of bad luck, his entire party died trying to get back. Reasons for his failure range from his use of ponies rather than dogs to a highly unusual temperature drop that made the journey back impossible to survive.Darkroom is a new series from Vox producer Coleman Lowndes that digs into stories of the past, one photograph at a time. Watch all the episodes here: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Vox

     2 months ago

    Hey Darkroom fans! We've released a video extra from Coleman about Robert Falcon Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole in the Video Lab. Sign up here and check it out!

  • Chec_poinT

     2 months ago

    Cool video tho

  • Yegor Svirsky

     21 days ago

    *first line of video"Everyone in this photo died"Me: jesus ok

  • VoLiTioNvx

     2 months ago

    I wish you guys expanded on Oates' sacrifice. Dude tells the team "I am just going outside and may be some time." because he knew his worsening condition was holding back the rest of the team and they'd have a chance if he sacrificed himself. And so he did.That got glossed over in this video but I always found that story to be heroic. That man had balls of steel to face certain death if it meant he could help his team survive. It was in vain, sure. But... I always felt it was noble of him t...

  • S Piano

     a months ago

    I was wondering about that too. Did his teammates know what he did and try to stop him? Or did they tell him to go outside and die because he was slowing everybody else down?

  • Redart Doge

     2 months ago

    Imagine bringing ponies to the south pole this was made by Amundsen gang

  • Leo

     20 days ago

    i ha5te this meme

  • Kazuto Kirigaya

     1 months ago

    Im in the Amundsen gang

  • Kolberg

     4 months ago

    Just to flex on you non norwigans Æøå

  • DankDungeon

     22 hours ago


  • radudeATL

     3 months ago

    I... am a bit... speechless. What a remarkable story, and told extremely well.This is why I love youtube.

  • Kyle Jones

     3 months ago

    It doesn't surprise me the Norwegians were able to ski so much better. They are crazy good with skis

  • A Pelletier

     4 months ago

    I see most of Scott's mistakes as systemic, a result of Royal Navy groupthink. The manhauling, the ponies, the ill-suited clothing, all had been used in previous British expeditions and carried into this one. But Scott's worst mistake isn't mentioned at all in the video. It was deciding, atop the Glacier, to add a fifth member to his Polar party, despite having only planned rations for four. Once again, it can be argued it's a systemic error, because It was done ostensibly for protocol, in order to ha...

  • Ralph Wondraschek

     4 months ago

    yes, it was a mistake to add a fifth member to the polar party, but it was not an issue of rations, as you state. The returning party of three (Evans, Crean and Lashly) only took the amount of three man rations on their way back, so five man rations were left for Scott, Wilson, Bowers, Oates and Evans on their return journey. What mattered was that the cooking for five men took half an hour longer each day than it would have taken for four men. That was the issue that caused them to loose half a mile d...

  • Rasco

     4 months ago

    I don't know why I'd not considered the significance of Scott's RN career to his decision making before, but now it occurs to me that another potentially fatal mistake could be explained by the same kind of groupthink.Evans requested that Reginald Skelton, the engineer who developed and tested the motor sleds, shouldn't accompany them because Skelton outranked Evans, something the second-in-command couldn't get past. I doubt anyone other than an officer would've bowed to this request.Had Skelton been...

  • Stickman

     4 months ago

    Oh this looks like an interesting vide-*EVERYONE IN THIS PHOTO DIED SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS TAKEN*... I was correct

  • Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos

     4 months ago

    Murphy's Law hit them real bad

  • Domestos Bleach

     16 days ago

    Kranvik It’s a reference from the 2014 movie ‘Interstellar’. Give it a watch, it’s humbling, thrilling and impactful.

  • Markkus Vi Brittanica

     4 months ago

    Mother Nature hit them hard right within their blindspot